Being stopped by a
deputy sheriff can be uncomfortable. Deputies share your feelings.
More than half of all California peace officers killed in the line of
duty were conducting pedestrian or traffic stops. Our biggest
concern is safety, yours and ours. The information herein will
help everyone get home safely.
WHY DEPUTIES CONDUCT STOPS
Public safety is the primary reason
for any stop, for example:
Did you commit a traffic violation?
ran a red light, expired registration tags
Do you match the description of someone
wanted for a crime?
assault, theft, homicide
Was your vehicle or one like it used to
commit a crime?
drive-by shooting, arson, kidnapping
Is your vehicle safe?
broken taillight, cracked windshield
Did you witness a crime?
robbery, shooting, burglary
Do you need help?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Red lights and/or a siren means pull
over to the right
where it is safe and where you will not block traffic.
If it is dark, the deputy will use a
bright spotlight or flashlight to illuminate you or your car.
California law requires all drivers to
show their license, registration, and insurance card to a peace
officer upon request.
The United States Supreme Court states
it is reasonable and legal for a deputy to ask you and your passengers
to exit the car.
According to State law, if you refuse to
sign a citation, you may be arrested.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Deputies are trained to
be courteous and professional when they contact you.
When it is safe or
practical to do so, the deputy will provide you with his/her business
card upon request.
Deputies who are not in
uniform will also present proper identification upon request.
Within a reasonable
amount of time, the deputy will explain why you were stopped.
If you are disabled or
ill, the deputy will assist you.
TALK TO US
The Watch Commander at
any Sheriff's Station or facility is available to answer your
questions regarding procedures, citations, or traffic stops.
You can contact us in
person or by mail, and you do not have to use a special form.
The Watch Commander will complete a Service Comment Report to document
your complaint or commendation.
Watch Commanders may
discuss a deputy's conduct, but cannot adjudicate citations.
Only a judge has that authority.
If you choose to report
your concerns by phone, you may contact the station Watch Commanders
individually or you may dial 1-800-698-TALK.
If you have any questions, please contact
Deputy John Peck (818) 878-5505.